Over the course of the last decade, Jewish Democrats working to mobilize support in the halls of Washington became victims of their own success.
Organizations tasked with expanding Jewish support for the party and with promoting the Democratic line among Jews across the US appeared less relevant under President Barack Obama, who enjoyed significant Jewish support.
Matters of Israel policy were a topic of controversy throughout his presidency, but were not, at the end of the day, a top voter issue among American Jews. Most supported Obama anyway, and his party even more so.
Jewish Democratic groups felt they had reached something of a political ceiling, and as if their fights were largely won, with broad community support for the party baked in to critical constituencies.
Those days are over – and their fights are back on with a sense of urgency, according to one new organization that has risen from the ashes of past incarnations.
The now-defunct National Jewish Democratic Council, whose leadership campaigned for Hillary Clinton under the banner of Jews for Progress, will bring the band back together to lead the new Jewish Democratic Council for America. The group was set for launch in October, but a white power rally in Virginia that shook America on August 12 forced their hand.